By next year, it’s estimated that 83 percent of enterprise workloads will be in the cloud. Companies that have embraced the digital transformation are more efficient and more successful at meeting customer demands. However, these gains come at a cost if teams aren’t careful about security and risk management.
In fact, security and risk management during an enterprise’s digital transformation is what concerns IT teams most about adopting cloud technologies in enterprise organizations. Because cloud adoption is so successful, enterprises can’t dismiss it as a fad, but they can focus on emerging trends in security and risk management to help alleviate concerns and keep customer and business data safe.
Here are some of the ways we’ll see security and risk management change in the coming years.
- IT teams will be included to audit security protocols ahead of cloud service implementation
When companies implement new cloud services without auditing how security will be handled and who can access certain files, overall security is compromised. Too often, systems like Google for Work are released to the entire workforce before important questions are addressed, such as who will be accessing files and when.
Collaborative tools can help increase efficiency and make flexible work styles easier, but IT teams must have a seat at the table to establish processes about access and file management before these tools are used company-wide. Organizational leaders and CTOs will continue to drive cloud adoption safely for enterprise organizations into the future.
- Integrated security will provide added layers of protection
New technology vendors have to think about integrated security solutions that give organizations the capability to manage layers of security. When IT teams consider questions about levels of access and how data is retrieved, platforms that enable intrusion detection, device recognition, network access, and other types of layered security will win out over platforms that don’t have these offerings. Not only does this make IT teams feel more comfortable about moving to the cloud, but it also makes secure deployments easier and less complicated for a fast-growing organization.
- Corporate resilience will only be as effective as the lowest common denominator
The market now and in the future will reward corporate innovation, even as innovation surpasses regulations. That means it’s still more important than ever to manage employee education about security risks like shadow IT and social engineering hacks. More often than not, poor policies and procedures leave employees unsure about what they can and cannot do with data available to them. This is particularly true when employees haven’t been educated on best practices to govern and secure data. Empowering employees to make careful judgments as they work will inevitably protect the company as a whole.
- Risk management is becoming a performance enabler
As organizations begin to adopt more routine risk management protocols that are measurable and tangible such as scenario analysis and visualizations, it’s easier to determine just how much disruption a company can take when measured against the innovation or upgrade being considered. Furthermore, this is a big win for potential customers who may be considering your organization for future business. New clients want to know their data is safe and that vendors they work with know how safe that data actually is.
- Improving the skills shortage includes changing our mindset about tech and vocational training
Companies will begin to use more inventive methods of obtaining talent through intern programs, high school vocational training in IT, and there will be a decreased need for college diplomas as a measure of ability or success. This also includes internal training programs, like netlogx’ Fast Track program, that get employees up to speed on the intricacies of the organization and the work they do for clients.
Organizations that specialize in implementation and procurement to ensure compliance, security, and preventive maintenance will continue to grow as companies seek ways to address new trends in security and IT because of cloud adoption. Industries of all sorts, whether in the private or public sector, see immense benefits for operations, productivity, and efficiency. These benefits are simply too much for enterprise organizations to ignore now and in the future.
If enterprise organizations aren’t deliberate about their security and risk management, the digital transformation could end up outpacing them. The success of cloud adoption can only be accomplished when the proper processes and protocols are put into place to protect the organizations and the clients, they serve
netlogx security management services are designed to empower enterprise organizations to manage their business environment, rather than being managed by it. Contact us today and let netlogx help you navigate change and make it work for you.